Murky path ahead for Smulyan and Emmis

Experts disagree about Emmis Communications Corp.’s immediate prospects, but there’s almost unanimous agreement that the company will chug forward as long as Jeff Smulyan drives the locomotive.

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Conversations with a spectrum of big thinkers

Welcome to IBJ’s inaugural Interview Issue, featuring dozens of Indy bigwigs and up-and-comers. Which top banker escaped a tough neighborhood? How does a Democrat exist in an ecosystem of conservative talk radio? Who launched a soccer team and invented Schlabst? Check it out.

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Smulyan fails to take Emmis private

Jeff Smulyan in 2010 tried for the second time in four years to take Emmis Communications Corp. private, only to see a group of dissident investors band together to block the deal at the 11th hour.

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